Stop allowing junk-food items to be purchased with SNAP (food stamps).
  • Petitioned US Department of Agriculture

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Food and Nutrution Service
US Department of Agriculture
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Stop allowing junk-food items to be purchased with SNAP (food stamps).

    1. Tonya Dias
    2. Petition by

      Tonya Dias

      AnyTown, OR

Each day millions of tax-payer's dollars are spent on junk food items by SNAP benefits (food stamp) recipients.  WIC (Women-Infant-Children) has for years required only healthy food options with its vouchers--there is no reason the US Department of Agriculture cannot require the same thing for purchases with SNAP benefits. Items that may be purchased with the card are already limited to exclude things like alcohol and tobacco, which means it is possible to further pare down the list to omit things such as soda pop, candy, donughts and other unhealthy items. While you're at it, why not allow the purchase of toothpaste? As a taxpayer, I'm o.k with that.

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    1. Reached 25 signatures
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    3. Reached 10 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Brian Gunter ERIE, PA
      • 7 months ago

      Too much tax payer money goes into this program already. Receiving free money to help the hungry is a good thing. The amount allowed would more than allow for cooking necessities. Junk food, energy drinks, candy, etc. are luxuries, not necessities. Give people what they need, not what they want! "Don't bite the hand that feeds you."

    • Gabriel Brothers LEXINGTON, VA
      • 12 months ago

      I believe food stamps should only provide the bare necessities. I.e; rice, beans, and the sort. Food stamp recipients shouldn't be allowed to by frozen meals, eneegy drink, or use them at gas stations. Also, i believe the amount some food stamp recipients receive is excesive!

    • elizabeth gaetz WOODBURY, MN
      • 12 months ago

      i'm a cashier at a large grocery firm. customers buy 8 bags of chips @ a time, cases and cases of soda, i'm on a fixed income. why can't i have these things

    • Anne Pintozzi CHICAGO, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      Because it is my money that is being taken from me and given to snap and these people are wasting my money on junk food and then getting obese and diabetic and them the taxpayers myself, having to pay their medical costs as they don't have insurance. Junk food is disgusting and the gov. should not give people tax payers money for this garbage.

    • Kim Hite BAKER CITY, OR
      • almost 2 years ago

      I see too many people abusing the system. I think the food stamp program should be more like WIC.


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